Saturday, May 7, 2011

How NOT To Get To A Blogging Meet-Up

Posted by MANDI at 5:25 PM
Last night I went to a bloggers meet-up and met some of the Perth bloggers I have long admired. I met some I'd only come across recently and I met a few who I'm planning to cyber-stalk until the end of time. In a good way! You'd think that would be the most exciting, pulse-racing, can't-quite-catch-my-breath part of the night wouldn't you? But no. For me (and I apologise for borrowing this phrase from every reality tv show every) it was all about the journey.

You know I have no sense of direction, right? That I get lost? A lot? It doesn't even matter if I know where I'm going. Chances are I'm still going to take a wrong turn, miss a set of traffic lights or just plain stuff up the directions somewhere along the way. Yes I have a GPS. No it doesn't always help. It generally just means I get a little bit less lost than I might do otherwise.

So I started out with my highest boots on, dressed up for a night out at a bar. I don't even remember the last time I went to a bar. I was ready to meet and greet, schmooze and move, influence and be influenced. Oh okay, I was bloody nervous but I had great boots and lots of makeup on so I figured I'd wing it and and hope it turned out okay. Anyway, as I left Hubby asked if I wanted the GPS in my car. I looked at him with airy unconcern, assured him I knew where I was going and declined his kind offer. First mistake.

I tootled off, music blaring and fingers tapping on the steering wheel. I congratulated my speed-demon self when I passed a police speed camera actually doing the 70kph that was the speed limit. And then drove straight through a set of traffic lights that I should have hung a left at. Second mistake.

It took me another 15 or so minutes to work that mistake out. Third mistake.

But all was not lost. I knew where I could hang another left and get myself back on track. Sure it'd put me a little behind schedule but that was okay. I knew where I was, I knew where I was going and I knew how to get there. Right? Um.... no. And that'd be the fourth mistake. And the seventh mistake too.

But I hit the tunnel under the city (sort of, it's kind of next to it but you get my point) and watched the signs carefully so I didn't miss my exit. Then I missed my exit. Fifth mistake. And ended up on the freeway on the other side of the city. Sixth mistake. Telling myself not to panic I executed a very nice manoeuvre whereby I swung across five (yes five!) lanes of traffic and grabbed the first exit I could find. All okay except for the whole not knowing where the hell I was. There may have been a lot of swearing in the car right about then. To be honest, there probably was. But I didn't panic. I figured I was only just on the other side of the city and if I followed the road I was on I'd hit a set of traffic lights that would probably be a fairly major road and, with any luck, I'd recognise the road name and work out where I was. Finally something went my way. I did hit a set of traffic lights. I did recognise the name and I did turn the right way to get me back where I needed to be. Then I hit another road I recognised, not too far from where I was heading, and by an absolute fluke took the right turn again. Totally accidentally! Yay me!!

With a very big sigh of relief I tootled across to where I thought I needed to be. Yeah. Thought. But of course that wasn't where the bar was at all. People, I do believe we're up to mistake number seven. The one I referred to earlier. Again with the 'don't panic' self-talk I found a side street with some parking and called Hubby. Who laughed. And then looked up the real address. And told me how to get there.

Righto. Start again. Missed a road I needed and ended up in a totally different suburb. Again. Mistake number eight. On the bright side, at this point I knew where I was, I really did know where I was going and finally I knew how to get there.

Fast forward all of about 10 minutes and wa-lah! I was finally there. An hour and a half  after I started out. But there none-the-less. The trip home was somewhat less torturous though there is a distinct possibility that I may have taken one wrong turn. But that one was easily fixed and that journey took me decidedly less time than the one I'd undertaken earlier in the evening!


Bec on May 7, 2011 at 6:14 PM said...

Glad to see you made it home safely! Lovely to meet you last night :-)

Glowless @ Where's My Glow on May 7, 2011 at 7:03 PM said...

Cyber stalking is the new black. I do it often. Great to meet you x

Taryn on May 7, 2011 at 8:52 PM said...

Oh dear! What a drama! Was great to meet you! x

Donna said...

I needed a good laugh!

Melody on May 8, 2011 at 3:36 PM said...

And so the moral of the story is 'When all else fails, ring Hubby'.

Iris Flavia on May 9, 2011 at 2:17 PM said...

Oh my! :-)

MANDI on May 9, 2011 at 8:02 PM said...

@Bec, Glowless and Taryn - Thanks ladies, it was lovely to meet you too. And don't worry - for me, this is normal. Let's see how lost I can get on the way to the next one!
@Donna, I knew you'd love it. And laugh.
@Melody - Ummm... yep!
@ Iris - :)

Missy Boo on May 10, 2011 at 10:34 PM said...

Lovely to meet you - I know I laughed a lot when you told me how lost you got IRL, and I'm laughing just as hard reading the story on your blog x

belongum on May 10, 2011 at 11:28 PM said...

What? I missed the perfect opportunity to catch up for a coldie Mandi?

Bugger mate - spewing! :-)

I will hurry up and wait until the next one... perhaps you can give me tips on how to get there this time?

(I mean - what have I got to lose right?! ;-) )

MANDI on May 12, 2011 at 9:40 PM said...

@MissyBoo - It was so nice to meet you too Lani. Just think of me as your personal geographically-challenged comedy act LOL.

@Ron - I know!! It was being organised around the time you lost your Gran and I felt a bit weird doing a cheery "hey, wanna drink?". Sorry :( Also, it was a bit awkward cos initially it was only for amb members, etc. But... the next one, you're coming buddy!!

belongum on May 23, 2011 at 9:11 AM said...

Talk about SLOW Mandi... sorry mate! No worries - I think it's been too long and I've been falling off the blogging bent lately - so I'll hurry up and wait!!!

Seeya sometime soon (once renovations and prep for renos gives me some breathing space)

Hope all's well mate!



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